The clothing store The Gap is known for their great ads. This fall, the ad campaign has centred around popular musicians answering the question, "What's your favourite song?" (The "ad" part is that a favourite song is like a favourite pair of jeans, which of course, can be found only at the Gap.) I really dig the TV spots, because I think it's kind of neat to find out what someone's favourite song is… and professional musicians, in my mathematical-logic, must know a whole lot of songs, so their favourites must be really meaningful to them. Whether that's true or not, it's my gut reaction to the campaign – which I'm sure is kind of what they were going for – and it's given me a conversation-starter – "What's your favourite song?"
I am a true music lover. I love all sorts of really eclectic styles of music, and I know the words to about a million songs. My mother complained about this recently as she was helping me paint my bedroom. We had the station tuned in to a station that plays a lot of 60s, 70s, and 80s music, and I was happily singing along. She stopped me and said, "Is there any song you DON'T know the words to?!?" Of course there are, but it's true I do tend to remember song lyrics very easily. In any case, you would think someone like me, who loves so much music and is so passionate about it, would have trouble choosing a favourite. But no, you'd be wrong.
I do have a favourite song. It's a total gut reaction when someone asks me the question – it's like I have no other possible answer. I've loved this song since I was a little girl, about 6 or 7 probably. My favourite song is Brown Eyed Girl, by Van Morrison. I think it's just a perfect song: it's about love lost, a bit wistful, but cheerful; it's catchy and sing-able; it's sunny, must have been written in the summer, and reminds me of happy days. It always makes me smile, I never get tired of hearing it, and of course, I know all the words. (Imagine how pissed off I was when I went to see Van Morrion in concert a few years ago and he DIDN'T perform Brown Eyed Girl. It was like a betrayal.)
It's only when I overthink it that I come up with other songs that are special favourites to me. My initial, gut response is always Brown Eyed Girl. But to round out the top 5: Imagine, by John Lennon; You Can't Always Get What You Want, by the Rolling Stones; Solsbury Hill, by Peter Gabriel; and D'yer Maker, by Led Zepplin. (I just realized all my favourites are by male artists… weird.) All these songs make me FEEL something – happiness, hopefulness, sadness. I think that's why I love them so much.
So, I'm going to open up the question to anyone else out there who might be reading. I think a favourite song tells a lot about a person…
so, what's your favourite song?